Danish Opening of Parliament 2021

Queen Margrethe, Crown Princess Mary and Princess Benedikte were in a trio of aubergine hats yesterday for the Danish opening of  parliament. The Danish queen repeated her sharp fabric covered boater hat with red brim and aubergine crown with slim hatband and small back bow with trailing tails.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Nov 27, 2020

Crown Princess Mary wore a new hat, a deep mulberry calot with knotted bow at the back.

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Crown Princess Mary debuted a new aubergine calot hat with knotted bow at the back.

Designer: looks like Jane Taylor Skull Cap
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Benedikte repeated her plum wool domed hat with magenta spiral rings and black feather trim.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Oct 18, 2018; Jan 16, 2016; Dec 7, 2015; April 1, 2005; October 2003

It’s not often we see such a colour-coordinated group of chapeaux at a royal event- what do you think of this trio?

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This Week’s Extras

Queen Margrethe concluded the Danish summer cruise in Fanø Municipality on Wednesday in her jaunty navy and cream hat with slightly flared brim and straight-sided, flat crown by Mathilde Førster.
Back on August 24, 2021 Princess Benedict took part in the Frontier Union folk festival held at Ejer Bavnehøj, where a tower was erected to commemorate the reunification of Denmark and South Jutland in 1920. She wore a vibrant red (or deep pink?) straw hat with orange straw underbrim and wide hatband for this event.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Spectacular “Bluebird” and 1950s-esque blue feather design by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Lovely watermelon pink straw beret percher with silk ruffles by Australian milliner Rachel Henry
Wonderful felt leaf trim on this green capulet by German milliner Antia Heitzler
Pale tan straw bandeau with spray of delicate multicoloured feathers by British milliner Siana Yewdall
Navy straw hybrid fedora-top hat with cream striped hatband by British milliner Yuan LI
Enchanting lilac parasisal brimmed hat with allium flower & crin twisted hatband by Australian milliner Sophie Allport
Striking black lace trim on this ivory button with curled quills by Australian milliner Brett Morley
Love the leather hatband and brim binding on this vibrant green design by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Wonderful jeweled butterflies on this midnight blue felt trilby by American millinery brand Kokin New York
Exquisite pink silk pillbox covered in dew drops by French milliner Sandrine Bourg
Gorgeous pleated brim shape on this black felt cloche by German millinery brand Malinè
Such a unique scalloped straw headpiece with crin birdcage brim by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva


Sweet new photos of wee Maria-Alexandra of Romania

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Norwegian Royal Wedding 20 Years On: Scandinavian Royals

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit;s late afternoon wedding on August 25, 2001 carried a formal dress code. We don’t often cover tiaras here but any daytime diamonds are fair game here at Royal Hats so we’re going to sparkle up the rest of this week and look at the jewels and gowns worn by royal guests to this event (I’ll leave discussion about the jewels to expert Lauren Kiehna and link to her comprehensive history of each diadem).

Queen Sonja topped her jade gown with the very grand diamond and emerald tiara from the Norwegian Emerald Parure

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Princess Märtha Louise wore the modern tiara her grandfather King Olav gifted her in 1989 with diamond ears of wheat and pearls.

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Princess Astrid wore Queen Maud’s Turquoise Circlet tiara, beautifully paired with her pale blue gown.

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Princess Ragnhild wore what is known as Princess Ingebog’s Boucheron Circle Tiara

Queen Margrethe topped her purple ensemble with the romantic heart-shaped Baden Palmette Tiara

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Princess Benedikte wore her Star and Pearl Tiara. Her eldest daughter, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, wore her mother’s wonderful floral tiara; her younger daughter, Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, is shown below in coral, in an open design tiara I’ve not been able to identify.

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece wore the beautiful scrolled diamond Khedive of Egypt Tiara

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Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark wore her diamond tiara with lovely halo shape.

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Queen Silvia wore one of her larger tiaras, Queen Sofia’s Tiara with central starburst and diamond swags.

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Crown Princess Victoria wore her graphic diamond Baden Fringe Tiara

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Princess Madeleine wore the Modern Fringe Tiara, a gift from her parents which she would later wear at her own wedding.

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We don’t chat tiaras much here but like hats, a tiara’s shape or scale can suit (or not suit!) their wearers and the ensembles with which they are paired. Which ones here stand out to you most?

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Catching Up With Danish Royals

On Wednesday, Queen Margrethe travelled on the Danish royal yacht Dannebrog to her summer home at Gråsten Palace, repeating her bright pink suit and matching hat for the journey.

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The hat is trimmed in a double hatband in the same navy floral fabric as her blouse and pink and white silk blossoms.

Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: Jul 17, 2019;

The same day, Prince Felix graduated from high school at Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium. Joined by his parents and elder brother for the ceremony, he wore a traditional Danish graduation cap.

Also on Wednesday, Princess Benedict was in Vordingborg to take part in centennial celebrations of the Historical Botanical Gardens at Vordingborg Castle For this event, she topped a floral dress with her ecru straw picture hat with broad, sidesweeping brim and wide hatband.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 2, 2018

Yesterday, Queen Margrethe attended the Royal Life Guards “Watch Parade” in Copenhagen to present the “Queen’s Watch” military award and official opened a Viking exhibition at the National Museum in Copenhagen. For these events, she repeated her wide brimmed red straw hat with lattice patterned fabric diagonally overlaid over the crown and on the brim’s binding. The hat is finished with a slim hatband and front bow.

Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: May 25, 2021; Sep 12, 2018; Sep 2, 2017Sep 2, 2015Jun 19, 2014;  May 24, 2014; Aug 31, 2013; Jul 1, 2013 May 29, 2013May 14, 2013; Sep 11, 2009; Jun 2, 2009; Jun 30, 2008; Feb 20, 2008; Sep  12, 2007Jun 7, 2007;  May 10, 2007

What do you think of this quartet of hats this week in Denmark?

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Inventory: Princess Benedikte’s Pink and Burgundy Hats

The Danish monarchy released a lovely new portrait of Princess Benedikte yesterday to celebrate her 77th birthday.

Taking inspiration from this photo, we’re marking her birthday with a look at her pink and burgundy hats:

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Designer: all unknown
Introduced: October 2003 or earlier; April 2, 2005 or earlier; January 21, 2006 or earlier

4.    5.
Designer: both are unknown
Introduced: 2007 or earlier (feather pouf removed for an April 2015 outing and replaced by October 2017) May 11, 2011 or earlier

6.  7.
Designer: both are unknown
Introduced:  April 24, 2013; June 10, 2014

Princess Benedikte seems to favour deeper, berry shades and my, do they suit her well. I notice a streamlined, elegant aesthetic here with a single statement trim, if there’s to be trim at all. What do you notice about her pink hats?

Images from Marijan Murat/dpa/CorbisCorbis; Chris Jackson, Ole Jensen – Corbis/Corbis, and Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty; Jesper Sunesen; Lars Salomonsen; Corbis​